4 O LORD God of hosts,
How long will You be angry
Against the prayer of Your people?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears,
And given them tears to drink in great measure.
6 You have made us a strife to our neighbors,
And our enemies laugh among themselves.

  • Lord, I have called out to You in my distress.
  • I know You are there, but I cannot see You or feel You in this moment.
  • How long will You allow me to mourn my circumstance alone?
  • How long will I need to hold on by a thread for my victory?
  • I have cried, I have groaned, I have worried, I have been anxious, but still I do not hear Your response.
  • I am a laughing stock among my enemies and my people. They think my faith is unfounded and useless.
  • Help me, O LORD, to be restored I pray.

7 Restore us, O God of hosts;
Cause Your face to shine,
And we shall be saved!

  • Again, I ask that Your face would shine upon us to restore us.
  • Let Your light warm our dead, cold existence and bring life to our nearly dead circumstance.
  • If You do, we will be saved. If not, we will die still believing You for our victory.
  • Come near, O LORD, and show the world that those who believe in You will be saved.
  • I trust You regardless of what I see or don’t see, what I feel or don’t feel. Come to me, dear Lord, I pray!

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